What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 9 2013, 7:54 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines from Monday's national press.

Mourinho: Thrown in the towel
Mourinho: Thrown in the towel

THE TIMES: Jose Mourinho admitted that Chelsea's title challenge is being derailed by his goal-shy forwards after a damaging defeat away to Stoke City left them five points adrift at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Also: Alan Pardew believes that his Newcastle United side could make a surprise push for a top-four finish this season.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Whatever the outcome of this Ashes series Joe Root's 87 in the second innings at Adelaide will be seen as one of the defining innings of his career and one in which he came of age in Test cricket. Also: Jose Mourinho has ruled out any January signings even though he is losing patience with Chelsea's ineffective forwards.

THE GUARDIAN: Police have arrested six people in connection with a second investigation into spot-fixing in English football after a former Premier League defender allegedly told a reporter he had been involved in rigging matches in return for money. Also: Roberto Martinez described Ross Barkley as "unique" and a "real English diamond" after the young Everton midfielder had starred in front of the England manager, Roy Hodgson, in his team's 1-1 Premier League draw at Arsenal yesterday.

THE INDEPENDENT: David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, has insisted he will not be panicked by a start to the Premier League season which threatens to send the club into freefall and see them miss out on a Champions League place for the first time since 1995. Also: Arsenal's hopes of extending their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points were ended by Gerard Deulofeu's dramatic equaliser for Everton six minutes from time at the Emirates yesterday.

DAILY EXPRESS: England's players will need jabs against rabies and yellow fever before they head into the Amazon jungle to play Italy at the World Cup next June. Also: Roberto Martinez has warned Roy Hodgson next year's World Cup may come too soon for his uncut diamond Ross Barkley.

DAILY MAIL: Former Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson claims that David Moyes is kidding himself if he thinks he has the luxury of a "transitional period". Also: Arsene Wenger was unhappy that Everton's late equaliser was allowed to stand after Arsenal missed the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

DAILY MIRROR: Brazil's World Cup reputation was tarnished again last night after three football fans were left in a coma and several others were seriously injured in violent clashes at a local league game. Also: England are going down swinging as Ashes tempers reached fever pitch in Adelaide.

DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho is set to condemn Chelsea's shot-shy strikers to the scrapheap. Also: David Moyes says Manchester United's title slump won't make him panic buy in January.

THE SUN: Jose Mourinho has written off Chelsea's chances of winning the Premier League. Also: Joe Root does not just expect to be sledged by Australia - he looks forward to it.


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